Achieving gorgeous, bouncy curls requires more than just anti-frizz hair products. Yes, it also requires the proper heat-styling tools and a strategic choice of products that are actually made to work with and promote those curls. In five short steps, we’ll show you how to style curly hair, without too many products or too much damage.
Knowing how to take care of curly hair shouldn’t be a mystery or reserved for Hollywood stars who can afford an on-call stylist. These creative styling steps will get you there—“there” being a place called curl nirvana, where every day with curly hair is a good hair day.
Step 1. Incorporating a hydrating shampoo and conditioner into your routine can help save you time when styling and also help to control frizz and dry ends. Curly hair tends to be a bit frenetic—one day it’s your best hair day ever; the next it’s frizzy in places, flat in others and not doing what you want it to. This all-important first step will help add nourishment to your locks, leaving them sleek and shiny. L’Oréal Paris EverCurl Hydracharge Shampoo contains coconut oil and will give you soft, manageable curls for at least 48 hours. It’s also sulphate-free, so it won’t strip your strands—the ultimate way to flatten out curly locks.
If your curly lengths require even more moisture, add in L’Oréal Paris EverCurl Hydracharge Conditioner. Work it into the ends of your hair, comb it through and then leave it in for about 60 to 90 seconds—basically the time it takes you to wash your face. Easy peasy!
Step 2. Post-shower, gently towel-dry your hair, working the towel up through your lengths in a scrunching motion to help bring spring to your locks. Part your hair into four sections—i.e., front, back, top and bottom—and, using a scrunching motion, work through L’Oréal Paris Stylista #Curls Nourishing Cream. This alcohol-free curl-defining cream will add definition and hold to your curls, and the coconut oil-infused formula will give hair more slip.
Step 3. Layering products is essential for curly-haired gals, so next up is L’Oréal Paris Stylista #Curls Defining Spray. Add a few spritzes of product to your hands and work it in, using your fingers to rake the formula through the ends. You can use this curl-defining spray on day-two or even day-three hair to help bring curls back to life—the perfect little refresh.
Step 4. Do you have time to air-dry? Depending on how thick your hair is, this can take up to a few hours. But it will help you to avoid heat stylers if you have naturally dry, coarse hair. If you must use a blow-dryer, grab a dryer that has medium to cool settings and a diffuser. Use medium heat to dry, and then blast strands with cool air to help set and define those curls. If you need a bit more help in the definition area—let’s be honest, most curly-haired gals do—take a curling iron to add smooth bends where needed.
Step 5. If you’re looking for more definition, and a bit more hydration, scrunch an oil made for dry locks, like L’Oréal Paris Extraordinary Oil Daily Penetrating Oil Treatment, into your strands. How to get rid of frizzy hair? You can also use a tiny amount of the oil to help pat down any flyaways at your crown.
Invest in a silk nightcap, a silk scarf that you can wrap around your head or a silk pillowcase to help keep frizz at bay. You’ll wake up with smoother strands every day.